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West Virginia Women Attorneys Inaugural Conference

June 9, 2018

WVU College of Law

Registration: Until May 26: Members $75        Non-members $100

                        After May 26: Members $100     Non-members $125

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This seminar is approved for 5.0 total WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 Ethics/Law Office Management credit.
This seminar is approved for 4.0 total PA MCLE credits, including 0.5 Ethics credits.
We have applied for CLE credit in VA & OH.

8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

Sponsored by Jack Spadaro 
Mine Safety, Health, and Environmental Consultant

9:15 a.m.


9:20 a.m.

Climbing to the Summit and Reaching for the Stars

Kim Mauer, a member of Frost Brown Todd and Chairperson of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, will speak regarding female attorneys in the firm setting and how firms can support the continued work of equality in the legal field, including the changing needs of women’s initiatives and how to measure success.  Kim will discuss ways that firms can create environments that allow its female attorneys to thrive and share the lessons that Frost Brown Todd has learned in its mission to create an inclusive environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

Kimberly K. Mauer, Esquire          
Frost Brown Todd, LLC

10:10 a.m.

Panel: Lawyers in Leadership: What Does it Take?

Join this opportunity to listen and participate in a frank discussion of what our panelists view as the most important leadership traits and whether how we view ourselves influences how we handle leadership and how we pursue that journey. Our three panelists share their personal experiences of what has worked for them and how their approaches to leadership have evolved through their personal experiences.

Susan S. Brewer, CEO
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Marilyn McClure-Demers, VP/Associate General Counsel 
Nationwide Insurance

Sharon L. Potter, Esquire            
Spilman,Thomas & Battle, PLLC

Moderator: Kendra H. Fershee, Esquire 
WVU College of Law

11:00 a.m.


11:10 a.m.

Update on the Law

This presentation will provide an update on the laws that impact civil litigation. The update will include changes that have been made by the West Virginia Legislature during the 2018 Legislative Session and important decisions from the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. On the criminal law front, Crystal Walden, Public Defender Services Appellate Advocacy Director, will discuss all significant criminal decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia in the past year.

Stephanie Hainer Ojeda, Esquire 
Hendrickson & Long, PLLC

Crystal L. Walden, Esquire  
West Virginia Public Defender Services

12:00 p.m.

Lunch and Recognition of Success Stories

Sponsored by Frost Brown Todd, LLC and catered by Beehive Café,                        
Morgantown, WV

1:00 p.m.

Panel: Tools for Success: Mentoring, Sponsorship, and Coaching 

Mentoring, sponsorship and coaching – do these buzzwords all sound like the same thing to you? Knowing the subtle distinctions can make a huge difference in your professional advancement. Spend some time with our four successful and talented panelists to learn about these concepts. They’ll discuss their experiences as well the roles they now play in the careers of young lawyers.

Honorable Joanna I. Tabit 
Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit

Stephanie M. Coleman, Director 
Legal Aid of WV 

Sylvia Winston Nichols, Esquire            
Jackson Kelly, PLLC 

Jill Cranston Rice, Esquire            
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

Moderator: Sandra Henson Kinney, Esquire  
WVWA President 

1:50 p.m.


2:00 p.m.

Addressing Lawyer Well-Being in West Virginia 

National studies indicate lawyers and law students experience chronic stress and higher rates of depression and substance abuse than the general population.  To address those issues, the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistant Programs, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers established a National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, which issued a report in August 2017, “The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change,”. The report makes recommendations for judges, regulators, legal employees, law schools, bar associations and lawyer professional liability carriers.  As a result, in March, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia established the West Virginia Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being to make recommendations on how to address mental health and substance abuse issues in the legal profession. Justice Beth Walker chairs the task force and Mr. Albury is a member.  This presentation will outline the obstacles West Virginia lawyers face to maintain their well begin and explain the work of the state task force to ensure that our profession makes every effort to ensure attorneys, clients and the public are well-served.

Honorable Elizabeth D. Walker, 
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia 

Robert Albury, Jr., Executive Director   
The West Virginia Judicial & lawyer Assistance Program

2:50 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Helpy Hour with Young Lawyer Section

Help clients of Bartlett House. Enjoy drinks and snacks while we assemble hygiene bags.

Location Address: WVU College of Law,  101 Law School Dr, Morgantown, WV 26506
Reasonable Accommodation: If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact the WVCLE office at (304) 293-7255 at least two weeks prior to the program date.